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Man pleads guilty in attempted Mt. Jackson heist

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- A Frederick County man faces prison time for trying to rob a Mt. Jackson restaurant clerk in October.

Nathan James Potter, 27, of Travis Court, appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday and entered a plea of guilty to attempted robbery of the Burger King, at 220 Conicville Blvd.

Potter entered the plea under an agreement reached between the commonwealth and his attorney, Charles Ramsey. Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted the agreement and found Potter guilty of the charge.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Bell explained that Potter entered the Burger King on Oct. 23 and asked the cashier if he could use her cell phone. Potter also handed the cashier a note in which he demanded she give him money from the register, according to Bell. Potter also made the same demand verbally, the prosecutor said.

Videotaped surveillance footage show Potter confronting the cashier and engaging in a conversation with her though the tape does not include sound, Bell noted. The cashier testified at Potter's preliminary hearing held to determine probable cause to certify the charge to the grand jury that the defendant verbally demanded she give him money from the register.

Attempted robbery carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, Hupp said.

The judge then ordered the case transferred to Frederick County Circuit Court for possible sentencing May 18. Potter stands charged in Frederick County with grand larceny and credit card theft. Authorities allege Potter committed the offenses on June 10 and Aug. 22 respectively. He also stands accused of failing to appear in the court March 8.

Potter is charged in Winchester Circuit Court with committing one count of credit card fraud on Aug. 22.

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